Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, is confident that Martin Luther King, Jr. would be “proud” of what President Donald Trump has done for African-American and Latino workers in the United States.
“Martin Luther King … he would be proud of what Donald Trump has done for [the] black and Hispanic working class, OK?” Bannon said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
Karl disagreed with Bannon and tried to disprove his claim, saying “ there are a lot of, a lot of civil rights leaders that would adamantly disagree with you on that.”
Bannon’s comments came in response to a question by Karl about a previous statement the former chief strategist had made about the President back in March, when he said, “Let them call you racist. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor. Because every day, we get stronger and they get weaker.”
Bannon was adamant that his remarks were misconstrued and that he was, in fact, referring to the fact that Trump’s opponents choose to call him “racist” in lack of real facts. He added that he was talking about President Trump’s policies.
“His economic nationalism doesn’t care about your race, your religion, your gender, your sexual preference,” Bannon noted. “Here’s what it cares about, that you’re citizens of the United States of America. We have all-time low unemployment among blacks in this country and 20-year low among Hispanics.”
Bannon also talked about the current administration’s immigration policies, claiming that illegal immigration hurts blacks and the Hispanic the most. “It suppresses their wages; it destroys their healthcare; it destroys their school systems,” he asserted.
Bannon made similar comments last month in a BBC interview, saying King would be “proud” of Trump’s policies concerning minorities in the U.S., which was immediately met with opposition by King’s daughter, Bernice King. She condemned the comment, writing on Twitter, “Bannon’s assertion that my father, #MLK, would be proud of Donald Trump wholly ignores Daddy’s commitment to people of all races, nationalities, etc, being treated with dignity and respect.”